@intelliguy, so here are my 2 cents (I mean 4 cents, since that is all my upvote is worth right now)
- Upvoting for self promotion should lead to even higher payouts, so it is great strategy even if you don't like it. Smart play, but definitely not a selfless play.
- I just recently starting re-evaluating my default settings when I started a new post. Since I have only been on Steemit for 3 weeks, I never thought about deselecting the upvote post box, until everyone starting talking about this issue. I please ignorance, and ignorance was bliss!
- At present, Steemit is still a free community, so I believe people should act within the community as they see fit (there are some exceptions of course). If you do not like the ways someone is acting, then stop following them and stop commenting, upvoting, and resteeming their posts.